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Yellow Gold is Warming Up Again

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Yellow Gold
Finally Warms Up

 STORY BY BECKY STONE

From the legend of King Midas to the 24K gold leaf on this writer’s very own iPhone case, humans have been obsessed with gold pretty much forever. And for good reason: its luscious hue, its malleability, the way it warms when worn against the skin — gold offers a lot to love. Nothing says classic luxury more than the gleam of gold.   


Imperial Pearl (ABOVE)

14K gold with Windsor freshwater cultured pearls and diamonds (0.05 TCW).

$1,350

imperialpearl.com, (800) 556-7738


Right Angles Create Unexpected Magic

There’s almost nothing more exciting in design than a well-placed angle: two crisp lines meeting in just the right way, creating an unexpected shape. The art deco era set the bar high for geometric jewelry, but today’s contemporary jewelry holds its own when it comes to clean, sharp, ultra-chic angles. These yellow gold pieces are sleek, interesting, and packed with style.

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Barbela Diamond

Taj ring in 14K yellow gold with a sapphire and diamonds (0.09 TCW).

$860

barbeladesign.com, (212) 682-0724


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Jo Hayes Ward

Hex Shield ring in 18K yellow gold with white brilliant-cut diamonds (0.20 TCW).

$3,820

johayesward.com, +44 (0)7903 521427


Anabel Higgins

Victorian pendant with seed pearls with diamonds, new 18K yellow gold and diamond bale.

$2,800

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anabelhiggins.com, (626) 484-9914


Amy Glaswand

18K gold earrings with champagne diamonds (0.68 TCW).

$3,900

amyglaswand.com, (917) 754-0001


Shy Creation

14K yellow gold ring with diamonds (0.58 TCW).

$1,280

shycreation.com, (213) 623-0860


Imperfect Grace

14K yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver bar necklace set with black rose-cut diamonds.

$680

imperfectgrace.co, (734) 612-5672


Stuller

14K yellow gold double rectangle ring with diamonds (0.50 TCW).

$2,358

stuller.com, (800) 877-7777


Sara Swell

One-of-a-kind 18K yellow gold ring with a 0.85-carat conflict-free rose-cut gray diamond with white diamond accent stones (0.225 TCW).

$2,150

sarahswell.com, (415) 521-6797


Erika Winters

Hand-engraved 18K yellow gold earrings with French-cut diamonds (0.33 TCW).

$3,400

erikawinters.com


Curves Take a Softer Approach

Yellow gold doesn’t need to yell: Sometimes it’s even more memorable when it whispers. These sensual, buttery yellow designs echo the curves of the body; their soft sides and surfaces are a pleasure for the eye to trace or for the finger to stroke. Perfect for sentimental gifts or for comfortable everyday wear.

 

Sylvie Collection

14K yellow gold pendant with a pear citrine over mother of pearl (doublet) with diamonds (3.00 TCW).

$1,465

sylviecollection.com, (214) 472-9999


InterJewel with Argyle Australian Diamonds

Pendant necklace with 14K yellow gold, champagne Argyle diamonds (0.31 TCW) and white Argyle diamonds (0.32 TCW).

$1,299

interjewel.com, (212) 869-7801 


Marathon Collection

14K yellow gold locket with three small silver hearts with space for two photographs inside.

$410

marathon-co.com, (800) 451-1515


Midas Chain

14K yellow gold chain bracelet with diamond-cut beads.

$599

(877) 643-2765, midaschain.com


Rebecca Overmann

14K yellow gold pendant necklace with rose-cut diamonds (1.29 TCW).

$6,255

rebeccaovermann.com, (415) 466-2992


Carelle

Brushtroke ring trio in 18K yellow gold.

$1,785

carelle.com, (800) 225-7782


Martha Seely

Narrow Shooting Stars stacking bracelet in 14K yellow gold with diamonds (1.00 TCW).

$9,500

marthaseely.com, (617) 899-2162


Armenta Collection

Sueno 18K yellow gold crivelli-bar scroll chain bracelet with white diamonds and white sapphires.

$12,990

armentacollection.com, (832) 486-9500


Ruta Reifen

Floral band in 14K gold.

$860

rutareifen.com, (401) 489-4768


This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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Hot Sellers

The Hottest-Selling Jewelry From Last Month, According To The Brain Squad

Hearts On Fire took over the top spot.

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We recently brought in the line Ania Haie. Since introducing the line to our customers, we can’t keep it in stock. Very reasonably priced and great for gifts and add-on sales. — Shannon Akridge, Clater Jewelers Diamond Center, Louisville, KY

Top-selling jewelry brands in October

Hearts On Fire (6), Ania Haie (3), Gabriel & Co. (3), Pandora (3), Rolex (3), Allison-Kaufman (2), ArtCarved (2), Benchmark (2), Carla Corporation (2), Citizen (2), John Hardy (2), Lafonn (2), Lashbrook (2), Maple Leaf Diamonds (2), Shah Luxury (2), Stuller (2), Sylvie Collection (2), Vahan (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least two of 114 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in November.

  • Three-stone engagement rings are flying out the door! Many in yellow gold or two-tone. — Jen Hollywood, J Hollywood Designs, Chester Springs, PA
  • Engagement rings under $1,500. Gold from Royal Chain. Sterling anything! — Andrew Russakoff, Russakoff Jewelers, Skowhegan, ME
  • Believe it or not, 20-inch yellow gold rope chains for men are selling well. A few years ago, I couldn’t give them away, now I reorder every week! Also sold quite a few heavy men’s solid yellow gold link bracelets this month. — Shari Altman, B & E Jewelers, Southampton, PA
  • We carry a fixed pearl on a leather necklace and bracelet set from Janes Pearl World, retail $39. They are flying off the shelves. — James Stinson, Diamond Classics, McMinnville, TN
  • Diamond stud earrings! Everyone loves them and you can always need bigger! — Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers, Royersford, PA
  • We sell Gabriel gold/diamond fashion. It appeals to them because of the price and design. All age groups seem to be attracted to it, so we like to sell it as it makes it easy. — Alisha Moore, Toner Jewelers, Overland Park, KS
  • Hearts On Fire: bridal and fashion! And custom bridal. — Kim Hatchell, Galloway & Moseley, Sumter, SC
  • The biggest sellers for October were 14K gold earrings from Carla Corp. Mostly hollow hoops of different sizes. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI
  • Fire Polish Diamonds. They are 300 percent more brilliant. Everyone loves them. Greatest change in diamond cutting in 100 years. Also a great add-on to recut the customer’s diamond. — Bill Jones, Sissy’s Log Cabin, Pine Bluff, AR
  • I think it’s time that jewelers realize that men also impulse-buy! We have had lots of men making self-purchases in our INOX brand. They also have amazing blue and red line designs, which represent first responders. Prices retail on average under $100! — Stephenie Bjorkman, Sami Fine Jewelry, Fountain Hills, AZ
  • Best-selling were unique gemstone jewelry! Graziela and Suzanne Kalan were the top designers in October. Price point $500-$7,500. The age of the purchasers varied from millennials to above 60. — Elizabeth Saba, Presley Co. Fine Jewelers, San Diego, CA
  • October was a great month for selling opals and diamond bridal. We are thrilled diamonds are still preferred, and we experiencing a real boost in selling engagement rings with oval- and pear-shape center diamonds set in yellow gold! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • We have already done well with several of the new items that will be featured in our upcoming Christmas flyer from the Berco Co. We recently added the Ania Haie line and have done relatively well with it, too. — James Sickinger, Sickinger’s Jewelry, Lowell, IN
  • We had a nice month with engagement rings. And not your typical cuts. Pear, marquise, radiant and emerald cuts seem to be popular right now. Color is slowly starting to come back and we moved a nice Mexican fire opal ring last week. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • We did great with engagement rings and matching diamond bands from Shah Diamonds’ Carizza collection. We are also doing a lot of custom work off of our Carizza alloy collection. We have also had a nice run of loose diamonds bought off the street and from GN Diamonds. — Dan Levinson, Ellis Jewelers, Concord, NC
  • Sylvie Collection bridal, custom and Southern Gates by Cargo Hold. — Doreen Vashlishan, Werkheiser Jewelers, Bethlehem, PA
  • Lab-grown engagement center stones. MUCH better margins, customers love the story and the savings. — Jeffrey Debs, Debs Jewelers & Gemologists, Philadelphia, PA
  • The fall John Hardy release has been well-received. We continue to have success with Gabriel & Co. and Hearts On Fire. — Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA

What’s the Brain Squad?

If you’re the owner or top manager of a U.S. jewelry store, you’re invited to join the INSTORE Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute quiz a month, you can get a free t-shirt, be featured prominently in this magazine, and make your voice heard on key issues affecting the jewelry industry. Good deal, right? Sign up here.

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New Arrivals

From Vivid Colors to Subtle Shades, Here Is the Latest in Men’s Jewelry

See 18 new designs for men.

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THE CATEGORY OF men’s jewelry has expanded far beyond the traditional basics. Look for thoughtful, subtle details, mythological references, and rich, inviting textures. Don’t forget that this vital category is also a go-to for jewelry lovers of any gender who prefer a bold, straightforward aesthetic.

Men’s jewelry by Royal Chain includes two Figarope chain necklaces, $4,200 and $9,120; two Figarope bracelets, $1,640 and $3,140; and Curb cuff, $1,825. Call (800) 622-0960 or visit royalchain.com for more information. MODEL: Guilherme Angotti; PHOTOGRAPHER: Christian Escobar

Vivid Joy

The bright beauty of gems and precious metals holds an irresistible allure that every consumer can appreciate. These pieces are a celebration of gold and silver, punctuated with occasional thrilling additions of gorgeous, glittering stones. Perfect with jeans and a t-shirt or the finest Italian suit.

Deakin & Francis

Sterling silver cufflinks with ruby, black spinel, white enamel, and hare.

$670

0121 236 7751, deakinandfrancis.co.uk

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Keith Jack

Sterling silver pendant with 10K yellow gold on a sterling silver chain.

$289

(604) 971-4367, keithjack.com

Bellarri

14K yellow gold ring with rhodolite and diamonds.

$3,750

(800) 255-0192, bellarri.com

Shay

18K yellow gold ring with diamond (0.15 TCW).

$2,520

(424) 777-0210, shayjewelry.com

King Baby

.926 sterling silver ring with gold alloy skull.

$260

(310) 828-4438, kingbabystudio.com

Rahaminov Diamonds

18K white gold and black rhodium bracelet with diamonds (16.57 TCW).

$76,000

(213) 622-9866, rahaminov.com

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Loren Nicole

22K yellow gold hammered band.

$3,800

(424) 262-7319, loren-nicole.com

Hugo Kohl Jewelry

Sterling silver ring.

$250

(540) 564-2755, hugokohl.com

Parle Gems

14K yellow gold pin with black opal and diamonds.

$17,634

(800) 635-9800, parlegems.com

Quiet Strength

These distinctive designs are dark and powerful — subtle in color, but with a clean simplicity that calls to confidence and self-assurance. Subtle stones, clever lines, and tantalizing textures make these mostly monochromatic finds unforgettable.

Zina

Sterling Silver Leather bracelet with 14K yellow gold accents.

$1,595

(310) 286-2212, zinasterling.com

Phillip Gavriel

Sterling silver necklace with black sapphires.

$495

(800) 622-0960, phillipgavriel.com

Jewelry Innovations

Tungsten carbide band.

$117

(800) 872-6840, jewelryinnovations.com

Lashbrook

Zirconium band with 14K yellow rose gold.

$1,050

(888) 252-7388, lashbrookdesigns.com

Italgem Steel

Gunmetal and black ion-plated bracelet with gold ion-plated accents.

$199

(514) 388-5777, italgemsteel.com

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Julez Bryant

14K rose gold cufflinks with black diamonds and white diamonds (1.06 TCW).

$13,998

(844) 525-7775, julezbryant.com

Johnny Nelson

18K yellow gold-plated sterling silver earring with black enamel and 14K gold screw post.

$160

(917) 602-2860, johnnynelson.nyc

Thorsten Rings

Titanium ring with carved pattern.

$180

(888) 209-4757, thorstenrings.com

Roberto Demeglio

Ceramic bracelet with blue sapphires and black and white diamonds.

$1,368

(212) 575-0213, robertodemegliousa.com

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Tools and Services

Become A Wizard, Newest Updates and More Service News This Month

Boost your business with these new offerings.

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Fish Your Wish

Salmon Gold is a new initiative from RESOLVE that is dedicated to the careful re-mining and restoration of Alaskan streams and fish habitats that were negatively affected by past mining operations. Gold from this worthwhile project is already in the supply chains of Tiffany & Co. and Apple. resolve.ngo

Become A Wizard

Gemewizard, a leader in digital solutions for the analysis, description, pricing and trading of colored gemstones and colored diamonds, has launched Gem Color Academy, a new interactive online course for colored stone grading. Includes comprehensive online resources as well as course notes, at-home gem kit, and one year Gemewizard subscription. gemcoloracademy.com

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Refreshed Reporting

The Jewelers Board of Trade (JBT) has released an updated version of its Credit Report. After a full redesign, the new JBT Credit Report features a convenient front-page overview section, new charts, and live linking of summary information to its source. jewelersboard.com

Thinking Pink

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has released a software update for its GIA iD100 gem testing device. With the update, the GIA iD100 can now distinguish natural pink diamonds from lab-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants. gia.edu

24K Winners

Congratulations to the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California’s 2019 Honorees! The organization recently honored Bill Jones of Sissy’s Log Cabin and Ruben Bindra of B & B Fine Gems for Excellence in Service and presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Terry Chandler of Diamond Council of America. jewelers24kclub.com

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